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Mar 3, 2019 · Facet Joint Injections - Anyone had success? in Spine Health

Hi @bluelagoon I am glad my comments gave you information you could use. I would say one thing, that even though the injections are not a permanent solution they have changed my life. I have 8-9 months without the pain, headaches, and sleep disturbance which for me is a game changer. I can enjoy my life doing the things I like to do for those months and when the pain comes back and gets too much I schedule another round of shots. So far this is working good for me and at some point I may have to try something different. Hope you have luck with getting your pain relieved. Lyssa

Apr 18, 2018 · Diabetic Neuropathy progressing? in Neuropathy

Hi John thanks for responding. I read your story and it seems like, for you, it took several years for it to reach your knees? I checked out the foot care discussion group thanks for referencing it. I will check out the FB page that you mentioned. I do not have any numbness in my feet at this point just the burning feeling. I was worried about the numbness causing a person to be unsteady on their feet, have you had any issues with that? I have heard about the medicine gabapentin and that it has some nasty side effects as well as Lyrica. Do these medications slow the progression or just help with the pain? I am already on some medications for my chronic pain so hoping to not add any additional meds to that. Do you find that walking helps with your neuropathy? That was a suggestion given to me. I didn't really understand that the nerves were being damaged from, in my case, the diabetes and I find that a bit scary. I also was hoping that there was better care that could be given to help with the neuropathy other than with just the pain. Do you find the numbness to be hindering with activities that you want to do? or do you just power through anyway? I had thought my neuropathy came on quickly, but when I thought about it more I realized that I had a light burning feet feeling off and on for many years just not bad enough to be bothersome. Sorry if I am rambling. lyssia

Apr 18, 2018 · Diabetic Neuropathy progressing? in Neuropathy

Hi @lisalucier thanks for moving me over to the neuropathy group. I wasn't sure which one I should post on. Yes my primary care doctor suggested I try the supplement lipoic acid since it seems to help some people. I currently take r-lipoic acid and it has helped my feet with the burning feeling to the point that it had subsided, I also will use a foot massager which also seems to help. Since the cold/numb feeling is a recent development I have not tried anything for this and really wasn't sure what might help. Also right at the moment my feet burning sensation is having a flare up if you will which started with the calves symptoms. I am open to any suggestions. Thanks

Apr 15, 2018 · Diabetic Neuropathy progressing? in Neuropathy

Sorry pushed send before I was ready….. symptoms you experienced. What helps/helped you? I am trying not to go to the doctor right away since I am on the health insurance exchange due to a layoff and the out of pocket is really high. Thanks

Apr 15, 2018 · Diabetic Neuropathy progressing? in Neuropathy

Hello have had diabetes type 2 for about 4 years now, plus several years of prediabetes. I take Farxiga daily. Have been able to keep my BG numbers below 160 and at the beginning of the year have gone low carb so my BG is usually around 69-92 now. I have the burning feet off and on but lately my calve/s have been feeling cold/numb and I was wondering if this might be neuropathy also? I was wondering if others have had this experience? How your neuropathy progressed, symptoms,

Mar 20, 2018 · Facet Joint Injections - Anyone had success? in Spine Health

I too get these type of injections to my cervical facet joints and they give me relief for 8-9 months and then I will get another series. I have had no problems or issues with painful injections. I am always under sedation when I get my injections and I would not let a doctor give them to me without. I would say to anyone that they are worth a try. I am sorry that they have not seemed to work for you. If a doctor tells you that you need to have a few for them to work I would go to another doctor as I was told by my doctor (pain specialist) that it could take a couple of days for the medication to kick in and if the injections did not help then we would have to try something else. I have not had the injections take more than a day or two to start giving me relief.

Mar 14, 2018 · Facet Joint Injections - Anyone had success? in Spine Health

Hi @traclynne I am sorry that your injections were painful. I have never had any problems with pain on injection, I get them in the same location as yours on my right side. The only time I had an issue was when I started to come out of the sedation at the last two and they hurt like heck! I made sure my doctor knew and have not had any issues again. I know that a lot of people say they do not get any relief from injections but for me they work extremely well and relieve my pain for a good 8 months. I hope that you will find the relief you are looking for.

Mar 2, 2018 · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain

@parus, so sorry you are treated like that. They just lump everyone together with the drug abusers, not right! I was laid off last year and have ended up on our Health Care market place which basically is not coverage unless I want to pay and so of course my pain doctor is not accepting the insurance. I have gone to him twice since laid off but that is not doable for the long term. I have been looking for someone new. When I signed up for the insurance there were several pain management docs on the insurance but of course now there is no one… go figure. I needed some refills on my meds, including my pain meds so I went to my primary care (have had her for 20 yrs.) and I was lucky she was able to refill them for me but she can't do the trigger point injections or my cervical facet joint injections so am suffering some and still looking to see if I can find a new pain doc. I am afraid that anyone new will not want to provide the medication though and that I will have to jump through hoops to get to even see the doc. Wish you better days ahead.